Jurgen Klopp and Marcus Rashford are two brilliant sporting role models in their own ways.
From a purely sporting perspective, it’s pretty hard to look past Klopp as one of the best managers in football, executing the perfect five-year plan at Liverpool to crown them champions of the world.
Despite there being so many moments where lesser managers would have flagged and failed, Klopp kept the Liverpool machine rumbling on with his infectious personality, energy and passion.
Klopp and Rashford
You get the feeling that Klopp’s trophy cabinet will include much more than the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup by the time he leaves Anfield.
Meanwhile, across the north-west, Rashford has similarly been inspiring with his performances in the beautiful game, recently netting a Champions League hat-trick off the bench against RB Leipzig.
But we’d be lying if we said his actions off the pitch weren’t even more inspirational because the work United’s prodigal son has done to battle child hunger in 2020 has been simply incredible.
Brilliant role models
While it’s undoubtedly sad that it’s taken a footballer to fight this cause, you have to applaud Rashford for holding the government accountable and helping so many families deal with poverty.
So, the moral of the story here is that Klopp and Rashford are two rather commendable human beings and that seems to have rubbed off on the British public according to a recent poll.
A study was run by Britain Thinks in The Times that saw people rank a variety of individuals from sportspeople to politicians out of 10 based on how effective they thought they were as leaders.
Famous figures ranked by leadership
Klopp ranked as high as fourth with a rating of 6.98 out of 10, while Rashford was just one spot behind him with a score of 6.73, placing them both above a number of world leaders.
In fact, the Liverpool and United pairing were only beaten by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, late South African president Nelson Mandela and two-time UK Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
This, for the record, means that Rashford and Klopp’s leadership skills are rated higher than those of Her Majesty The Queen, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin amongst others.
The final standings
You can check out the full graphic down below to bask in one of the strangest line-ups of individuals you’re likely to see in a while:
Rashford 5th, Klopp 4th
To be honest, I think we can all agree that politicians could learn a thing or two from Rashford and to say Klopp would give some rousing speeches at Parliament would be a colossal understatement.
It’s also a thoroughly bizarre scenario that makes us wonder who would perform better in a job swap: the Queen managing Liverpool or Klopp as monarch, Johnson playing out wide for United or Rashford as PM?
Ok, actually, the answer is pretty clear, though the thought of Her Majesty giving the most polite dressing down of all time to Mohamed Salah for not passing to Sadio Mane is certainly amusing.
Anyhow, on a serious note, with the madness that’s going on in 2020, it seems more important than ever that the right leaders are pulling the strings at every level.
And while I don’t profess to know the answers to that, as I’m sure many others in football don’t either, I feel pretty certain that the world would be a better place with a few more Klopps and Rashfords in it.